Parody, the Party, Politics and Postcapitalism: Some thoughts on a Shared Future

Stephen Healy

This essay responds to the generous commentaries on the talks Jodi Dean and I delivered during the 2013 Rethinking Marxism International Conference. It offers further reflections on communism as a political project, on its relation to postcapitalist practices, and on Deans desire to return to the party,making two distinct interventions. First, while I remain agnostic about the relevance of the party, I express concerns about Deans sharp delineation between what is political and what is merely lifestyle choice, postcapitalism being encompassed in the latter. I draw parallels between Deans use of parody and Judith Butlers intervention in the Sokal affair and left conservatism.Second, I further explore what counts as political, drawing upon Jonathan Deans characterization of widespread depoliticization narratives as tales of the apolitical”—fantasies in the Lacanian sense. I argue that when the Left is in this fantasys grip,it misses a politics of communism in the present.

Suggested citation

Stephen Healy (2015) Parody, the Party, Politics, and Postcapitalism:
Some Thoughts on a Shared Future, Rethinking Marxism: A Journal of Economics, Culture
& Society, 27:3, 385-395